E-mail Alain Van Hiel
Phone 09 264 64 25
Room number 150.044 
Category Tenured academic staff
Courses Introduction to social psychology - 1st bachelor of law
  Social psychology - 1st bachelor of criminologicalm sciences
  Social cognition and group processes - 2nd bachelor psychology
  Exercises experimental social psychology
  Advanced issues in cognition-related processes - partim social psychology
  Social cognition and group processes - 2nd bachelor of sociology
  Political psychology - 3rd bachelor of political science

1. Social Cognition: Motivational determinants of decision-making, with special attention for the impact of the Need for Cognitive Closure and stressors on decision-making; Social categorisation.

2. Group processes: Effects of procedural fairness on cooperation; Cooperation in anticommons dilemmas.

3. Political psychology: Ideology; Political extremism; Political cognition.

4. Racism: Dispositional and situational determinants of racism; Intergroup contact; Affirmative Action.

5. Trust repair: Compensations; alpologies.

Psychologica Belgica Editor-in-chief (2014-2017)
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  • Brebels, L., De Cremer, D., Sedikides, C., & Van Hiel, A. (2013). Self-focus and procedural fairness: The role of self-rumination and self-reflection. Social Justice Research, 23, 151-167.


  • Cornelis, I., & Van Hiel, A. (2013). Volunteer work in youth organizations: Predicting distinct aspects of volunteering behavior from self- and other-oriented motives. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43, 456-466.


  • Cornelis, I., Van Hiel, A., & De Cremer, D. (2013). When leaders choose to be fair: Follower belongingness needs and leader empathy influence leaders’ adherence to procedural fairness rules. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 605-613.


  • Franssen, V., Dhont, K., & Van Hiel, A. (2013). Age-related differences in ethnic prejudice: evidence of the mediating effect of right-wing attitudes. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 23, 252-257.


  • Pattyn, S., Rosseel, Y., & Van Hiel, A. (2013). Finding Our Way in the Social World. Social Psychology, 44, 329-348.


  • Cornelis, I., Van Hiel, A., & De Cremer, D. (2012). The effect of follower belongingness needs on leaders’ procedural fairness enactment: mediation through interpersonal and team attraction. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 11, 31-39.




  • Van Hiel, A., & Brebels, L. (2011). Conservatism is good for you: Cultural conservatism protects self-esteem in loder adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 120-123.


  • Colémont, A., Van Hiel, A., Cornelis, I. (2011). Five-Factor Model personality dimensions and right-wing attitudes: Psychological bases of punitive attitudes?  Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 486-491.


  • Stouten, J., Ceulemans, E., Timmerman, M., Van Hiel, A. (2011). Tolerance to justice violations: the effects of need on emotional reactions after violating equality in social dilemmas. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 357-380.


  • De Cremer, D, & Van Hiel, A. (2010) Becoming angry when the other is treated fairly: The roles of goal interdependence and own fair treatment. British Journal of Management, 21, 280-298.


  • Van Hiel, A., Roets, A., & Cornelis, I. (2010). To have or to be? A comparison of materialism based theories and Self Determination Theory as explanatory frameworks of prejudice. Journal of Personality, 78, 1037-1070.


  • Van Hiel, A., & Vansteenkiste, M. (2009). Ambitions Fulfilled? The Effects of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Goal Attainment on Older Adults' Ego-Integrity and Death Attiudes. International Journal of Ageing and Human Development, 68, 27-51.


  • Van Hiel, A., & De Clercq, B. (2009). Authoritarianism is good for you: Right-wing authoritarianism as a buffering factor for mental distress. European Journal of Personality, 23, 33-50.


  • Van Hiel, A., De Cremer, D., & Stouten, J. (2008). The Personality Basis of Justice: The Five-factor Model as an Integrative Model of Personality and Procedural Fairness Effects on Cooperation. European Journal of Personality, 22(6), 519-539.